Someone asked in this chain about what was so bad about PHP in the "old times".
There were quite a few problems with earlier versions of PHP, especially 5 or older.

Register globals was on, I can't even begin to explain how bad that was.
the mysql  library was very prone to SQL injection, but was kept around as folks were still using MySQL 4.x  (mysqli or pdo are better alternatives now)
No typing at all for functions, now with declare(strict_types=1) you can add a bit of security for functions and methods.
No one seemed to care about doing prepared statements/bound parameters for SQL injection protection, let alone proper input validation.

TONS of really bad examples online and on youtube (some even to this day).
And I think PHP_SELF was vulnerable to XSS (cross site scripting) 

Just from what I can remember from the bad old days ;)

Phillip Waclawski

On Sun, Apr 21, 2024 at 3:11 PM David Schwartz via PLUG-discuss <> wrote:
Thanks, but I’ve never used Lazarus. It would probably take several hours to get familiar enough with it to do a presentation.

Surely there must be someone in Phoenix who can give a live presentation of Lazarus (or anywhere for a virtual presentation).

There are plenty of videos on YT and various other sites that show off Delphi’s features. Lazarus is a homegrown IDE that’s very similar to Delphi’s IDE, and it uses Free Pascal (FPC) as the compiler. Some vendors offer support for Lazarus — TMS has it for several of their products.

I’ve just never used it.

Besides, programming is more of the “mechanical side” of software deveopment to me. I’m far more interested in the architecture and design aspects — coming up with unique solutions to complex or novel problems.

I do have a presentation I made a few years back that I’ve updated recently that looks at problems that arise when outsourcing software. These are generic problems that apply to most non-trivial software projects, but are magnified when people think all you need to do is hire a “coder” on some job site to build your custom software. If there’s enough interest, I’d love to do that, get feedack on it, and see what kinds of questions and comments come up.

-David Schwartz

> On Apr 21, 2024, at 2:16 AM, Steve Litt via PLUG-discuss <> wrote:
> David Schwartz via PLUG-discuss said on Sat, 20 Apr 2024 13:43:39 -0700
>> So I turned back to Delphi and didn’t look back.
> Hi David,
> Would you like to give a Lazarus demo/presentation at a future online
> GoLUG meeting?
> Thanks,
> SteveT
> Steve Litt

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